Kwan Um/Seung Sahn Reading Suggestions

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Dharmalight889
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Kwan Um/Seung Sahn Reading Suggestions

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On the Kwan Um website there are lots of suggested reading, although I wanted to see if anyone here has suggestions on which book to start with to learn more about Seung Sahn's teachings and what is unique to the Kwan Um school of Zen.
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The Compass of Zen is a good start. Our group worked through it last year, I found it approachable and productive.
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Dharmalight889 wrote: Mon Sep 13, 2021 1:50 am On the Kwan Um website there are lots of suggested reading, although I wanted to see if anyone here has suggestions on which book to start with to learn more about Seung Sahn's teachings and what is unique to the Kwan Um school of Zen.
Dropping Ashes On The Buddha is the place to start.

What is unique about our tradition is that Seung Sahn did not bring his tradition (Jogye Order Buddhism) from Korea and expect Western folks to follow it. He very much wanted a new tradition to develop, based on the sensibilities of the students he encountered, who were not, for the most part, Asian. So, Kwan Um is Western Zen, with Korean roots.

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